Back from the Retreat

Well, North Carolina was FANTASTIC! We were in this house right on Lake Gaston. The weather started out beautifully and turned slightly colder as the week went on, but still tolerable. I learned so much this past week. I would have updated sooner, but on my drive home I came down with a cold and spent the first three days this week in bed. Yesterday I spent some time updating the look to my shopping site. Stop by and see what you think.

Okay,  here are a few of my projects. I have a couple more that still need to be photographed.

These are my two first tube set pieces. It really isn’t all that hard. The hardest part is finding a tube that fits your stone, or a stone that fits your tube.

Melissa Muir Jewelry

Melissa Muir Jewelry

One of the ladies at the retreat taught us how to make a wire prong set pendant. I am looking forward to trying this a little bit more in the future.

Melissa Muir Jewelry

This is a very simple forged bracelet. I have seen the tutorials and such for it, but haven’t tried it until this past weekend. I love how simple and elegant it is.

Melissa Muir Jewelry

I tried my hand at a technique called Kumihimo. It is a Japanese braid. Riley is looking forward to trying this one out herself.

Melissa Muir Jewelry

I played with different fold forming and forging techniques and made these lovely leaves. We did a gift exchange the second night we were there and the lady that had me gave me a pair of leaf earrings she had done. They are exquisite!  They are very light weight and you hardly notice you are wearing them.

Melissa Muir Jewelry

Another thing taught was this woven treasure bracelet. I still have a ways to go on mine, but I will get it there eventually. This is onother great one that I can teach Riley easily. She is looking forward to that as well.

Melissa Muir Jewelry

We also learned different braiding techniques with Wire. The first one in this picture (on left) uses 17 wires, the middle uses 5 and the last one uses 9.

Melissa Muir Jewelry

I have a few other things in mind that I am looking forward to trying out. Now that the laundry is done and I am feeling somewhat human again I will be working on all of that starting tonight. Oh, I have also decided that it really is time for a new torch. A real torch. A BIG torch. Hopefully I will be able to manage it before the end of the year.

Comments and suggestions are greatly encouraged and very much appreciated.

4 thoughts on “Back from the Retreat

  1. Jeanne

    Melissa:

    Did you know that the kumihimo can be done with beads? Check out my picture site in the jewelry section and you will see a tiny bracelet made this way. It is really fun.

    I adore your new things.

    Jeanne

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  2. Melissa

    Jeanne,

    It is good to hear from you once again! I checked out your pictures and I LOVE that bracelet. It is fantastic. I would really like to try a little more of this and my 8-year-old is looking forward to that too.

    ~Melissa~

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  3. Jen

    How neat!!! Your work is beautiful! The retreat in NC sounded fun too. I’m in NC, just curious where it was??? I want to learn how to tube set stones!!! 🙂

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  4. Melissa

    Thank you Jen. It was a lot of fun. We rented a house up on Lake Gaston. I haven’t done any tube setting since I was there, but I am hoping to try it again soon. I just need to get the right size tube for the stones I have. I find that is the most difficult part of it. The retreat really was a lot of fun. Perhaps you can  come with us this next year.
    ~Melissa~

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